Archive for January 2013

2013 Newbery Award Winner

January 30, 2013

The 2013 Newbery Award was announced this week, and the winner is…THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN!  Wow!  If you want to read my review of this book, check out the previous post.  I think this is a book that a lot of students at Crescent Park School will enjoy.  Come on in and check it out.

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate

January 24, 2013

ivanI’m going to go out on a limb and predict that THIS BOOK is going to win Newbery recognition when the awards are announced next week…it’s that good and that original.

Ivan is a gorilla who lives at a shabby, circus-themed mall.  He has spent years in his glass “domain”, watching tv, painting, and interacting with his friends Stella the elephant and Bob, a stray dog.   Their owner, Mack, is desperate to make money and not as focused on the happiness of his animals as he should be.  When changes come, mainly due to a new baby elephant named Ruby who will (hopefully) bring more business to the failing mall, Ivan is spurred to action.   This story has echoes of CHARLOTTE’S WEB: there is even a “Fern” character named Julia, who spends time with the animals and understands them in a way that Mack doesn’t.  If you love animals and want a story with a lot of heart, this is a book you must read.

TWELVE KINDS OF ICE by Ellen Bryan Obed

January 8, 2013

iceDo you like to ice skate?  This small, beautiful book contains the author’s childhood memories of skating on ponds, lakes, the backyard rink…even on frozen fields!  The lovely pen and ink drawings add to the charm of this little book that celebrates the joy and magic of a MAINE winter.